Count Us In!
Neighborhood Centers teams up with the city of Houston to support the 2010 Census.
Neighborhood Centers Inc. pledged a commitment to share the 2010 Census message and help mobilize our communities in support of the census goal of achieving a complete count. The “Make Houston Count” message continues to be delivered throughout the city through several avenues, beginning right here at our neighborhood centers.
The Neighborhood Centers community of volunteers, staff and members have contributed to numerous outreach events and activities to stress the importance to the City of Houston to fill out the 10 question form. (Learn more about the impact on the city.)
Seven press conferences have been held at the centers, including Harris County’s 2010 Census Kickoff event which was attended by Harris County Chief Executive Officer, Judge Emmitt. Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade visited Ripley House Neighborhood Center on March 18th. Center members were encouraged to fill out their form and learned what it could mean for their community.
Other efforts include over 115 informational presentations given by staff, at centers, churches, schools and community-based groups. Each of the six centers has also been designated as a ‘Questionnaire Assistance Site’ to provide a place for residents to come for questions regarding the form.
The weekend of March 13th, more than 100 volunteers from Neighborhood Centers went door-to-door in the Gulfton (southwest) area to spread the word among Spanish-speaking residents.
"There's $400 billion in federal funding at stake," says Claudia Vasquez, Vice President of Community-based Initiatives at Neighborhood Centers. "Cities and counties that don't report an accurate census count could miss out on huge chunks of that money. Those funds would be used to pay for future transportation projects and roads as well as hospitals and critical programs for kids and seniors."
Center members have been given a front seat to Census education and opportunity, through activities and classes incorporating Census curriculum, and centers being the site for Enumerator job recruitment. Enumerators will be trained to visit residents door-to-door who have not submitted their form.
Even the youngest children at Neighborhood Centers are participating, including Freedom Station Head Start students sharing the importance of the Census through song. The 3 and 4 year-olds sang ‘I Count’, to deliver the message of making sure every family is counted. Watch the video!